Visiting Syracuse, a city of ancient history

Visiting Syracuse, a city of ancient history

The city of Syracuse is located in the southeastern region of Sicily, lying along the coast of the Ionian Sea. The town was founded by the Corinthians on the ruins of a previous Greek settlement in the year of 734 BC. For this reason Syracuse has an ancient Greek past which blends a little bit of history of Europe and the Mediterranean with mythology. Today it stands as a modern city but it is still surrounded by archeological sites, temples, castles and amphitheaters which are visited by ma... [ read more ]

Visiting the city of Syracuse, Sicily and its vicinity

Visiting the city of Syracuse, Sicily and its vicinity

The city of Syracuse is located in the southeastern region of Sicily, lying along the coast of the Ionian Sea. The town was founded by the Corinthians on the ruins of a previous Greek settlement in the year of 734 BC. For this reason Syracuse has an ancient Greek past which blends a little bit of history of Europe and the Mediterranean with mythology. Today it stands as a modern city but it is still surrounded by archeological sites, temples, castles and amphitheaters which are visited by ma... [ read more ]

Visiting a city with a sad ancient history - Selinunte temples and ruins

Visiting a city with a sad ancient history – Selinunte temples and ruins

Around 409 BC for a period of time the city of Selinunte was involved in war with the Carthaginians. After a nine day long siege the defenders could not hold the fort any longer and Selinunte was defeated. Torture, murder, rape and destruction came and completely broke down the city. Some of the inhabitants were killed while others were taken for slavery. Only a few could escape the slaughter and manage to reach Agrigento. The glory and heyday has come to an end. Selinunte was populated by Ca... [ read more ]

Visiting Selinunte, Sicily - a city of ancient history

Visiting Selinunte, Sicily – a city of ancient history

The ancient city of Selinunte was founded in the 7th century BC and had been a flourishing settlement until the year of 409 BC. Its glory lasted more than two centuries and it was popular and well known all over Sicily. There are several touristic attractions in Selinunte: ruins, temples and other constructions which are all worth visiting. Selinunte is situated in Trapani, on the southwestern shores of Sicily. It is known as the acropolis as it is located in the middle of an archeological pa... [ read more ]

Visiting Sicily – city of Ragusa and the Hyblaean (Iblei) Mountains

Visiting Sicily – city of Ragusa and the Hyblaean (Iblei) Mountains

Ragusa city is located in the province of Ragusa about an hour away from Syracuse. It is a tranquil and peaceful town not much visited for it is located in a less visited parts of Sicily. However this region has several lovely clean and affordable beaches. If you want to get away from the crowds this side of Sicily is recommended for you. Ragusa cannot be considered a must-see location but if you happen to pass by make sure you visit its baroque style churches. Also not far from Ragusa you w... [ read more ]

Top ancient and old settlements in Sicily - Sciacca, Tindari and Halaesa

Top ancient and old settlements in Sicily – Sciacca, Tindari and Halaesa

The island of Sicily is very rich in historical and cultural heritage. The island is covered with ancient and old settlements which take you back to sometimes prehistoric and mythological times. Among the mentioned settlements we can name three major ones, specifically Sciacca, Halaesa and Tindari which are all old Sicanian settlements left from roman times. Visit these amazing locations buzzing from history and mythical atmosphere. Learn more about the heritage sites and ancient settlements ... [ read more ]

Top mountains of Sicily – the Peloritani Mountain range

Top mountains of Sicily – the Peloritani Mountain range

The Peloritani mountain range is situated in the southern region of Italy, in the northern coast of the island of Sicily. The highest peaks of this beautiful mountain range are Montagna Gradne with a height of 1374 meters and Rocca Novara with a height of 1340 meters. The mountain range is crossed by several valleys and streams. Its flora is varied. The woodlands which used to be quite vast are made of pine trees, oak and chestnut but due to the presence and work of humans not the territory ... [ read more ]

The most mythological town of Sicily - Messina

The most mythological town of Sicily – Messina

The town of Messina was formerly called Zancle, which used to be a native Sicilian settlement even before the Greeks have colonized the island in 756 BC. Later the Romans have realized how important this island is from a strategic point of view then the Saracens and the Normans have been connected to it as well as in the 11th century they have conquered it. In Greek mythology Messina plays an important role. In the story of Odysseus, he faced Scylla at the Strait of Messina, which was also s... [ read more ]

The highest mountain of Sicily - Mount Etna

The highest mountain of Sicily – Mount Etna

The most amazing natural attraction of Sicily is Mount Etna, the highest mountain on the island. As Etna is a volcanic mountain, in ancient Greece it was considered as the god if fire and also the home of the Cyclops, the monster with one eye. The mountain is about 3350 m high and its volcano is still active hence each eruption changes the hight of it. Over the past centuries some eruptions were so powerful that the lava flow reached even the coast. Etna has many advantages: it offers several ... [ read more ]